An NGO in Kano, Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), has attributed mass failure of students in the recent JAMB examination to poor Internet service in the country.
The Executive Director of the organisation, Alhaji Yunusa Ya’u, said this while flagging off campaign on effective Internet service delivery in Kano on Sunday.
“Slow speed has many implications, one of which was recently seen during this year’s JAMB CBT examination.
“As candidates are auto-timed to respond to questions, a slow Internet means that even before student was able to load question, his or her time was off and therefore scored zero for that question,” he said.
He said: “Swift and CheapNet” is part of the Africa-wide campaign code named “FastAfrica” which stands for Fast, Affordable, Safe and Transparent Internet for all in Africa.’’
According to him, it is a campaign initiated by the World Wide Web Foundation’s Web we want and Alliance for affordable Internet (A4AI) involving over 30 groups across Africa.
Ya’u said the campaign was aimed at highlighting the need to work with stakeholders to ensure that the speed of Internet was improved, cost was reduced and the level of affordability was enhanced.
He said during the week-long campaign, the organisation intended to raise public awareness through series of public enlightenment programmes that would mobilise the public to demand faster and affordable Internet access in the country.
“We shall also engage providers and the regulatory on the need to initiate processes that will improve the speed of Internet access and make it cheaper in the country,” he added.